I've been feeling a bit uninspired recently, so I thought I'd try and kick-start some enthusiasm by getting out figures I hadn't used for a while. I went for my GNW forces, and decided to play a couple of Portable Wargames. I won't detail the rules; they were a mashup of what I could remember of my ECW variant and some bits of the 19th century set, and I was making up a few bits as I went along. That's a benefit of solo play; you can change the rules halfway through the game and your opponent doesn't care.
The first scenario I got was Encounter, which sees both sides getting random units on the table and battling for control of a central hill (the only significant terrain feature).
Making the objective a village really left the Swedes up against it. In the original scenario it's a hill, which obviously provides no benefit against shooting, making its defence harder. Mind you, the village is more attractive, so I'd be tempted to run the scenario again using the same set-up, but tweaking it a little to make things slightly harder for the Russians (reduce their quality, maybe, or make the Swedes better quality).
It was nice to exercise my brain with something different, and I might give these armies another outing later in the week, although I'm not sure with what rules.